A day of resignations: From Hardik Patel to Delhi LG

New Delhi: On May 18, Indian politics saw multiple major resignations – all in the space of a few hours. Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, the state’s working Congress president Hardik Patel resigned from the party.

In his resignation letter, Hardik Patel said the “big leaders of Congress in Gujarat are far away from issues of the state but are more focused on ensuring that chicken sandwich for leaders who have come from Delhi is delivered on time.”

Delhi’s Lt Governor Anil Baijal resigned, citing personal reasons. He sent his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind, who is currently on a foreign tour. However, it is likely to be accepted soon.

As the Lt Governor, he had been at loggerheads with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over several issues.

With his exit, the three top contenders for the post are understood to be former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, and Lakshwadeep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel.

Colonel Ajay Kothiyal (retired) quit the Aam Aadmi Party. He was the party’s chief ministerial face for the 2022 Uttarakhand Assembly election. Kothiyal had reportedly felt sidelined by the party after its loss in the Uttarakhand election.

Rajasthan MLA Ganesh Ghogra also resigned from his post. Ghogra, the state’s youth congress president, was the MLA from Dungarpur. In his resignation letter, he said that despite being an MLA of the ruling party, he was ignored by the administration when he brought up people’s problems.

 

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